World News

  • December 8, 2006

    The three Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) workers held hostage in Iraq at the end of 2005 and the beginning of 2006 have said that they are not in a position to decide whether to testify in criminal proceedings against their alleged captors ‚Ä' but have stressed that they are committed to the path of forgiveness as the only way forward for themselves and for all dragged into the mire of violence and injustice.

  • December 8, 2006

    The head of the Fiji Council of Churches has condemned the administration set up by army commander Commodore Frank Bainimarama after a military seizure of power as "illegal and unconstitutional" and has urged prayers for God's intervention ‚Ä' reports Ecumenical News International.

  • December 7, 2006

    The National Council of Churches USA has said that the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group "generally resonate" with church leaders' recommendations, and has urged President Bush and the United States Congress "to understand the opportunity presented by this report."

  • December 7, 2006

    Concern has been raised over whether a new law in Russia will have an impact on religious organizations there - writes Linda Bloom, a New York-based journalist for the United Methodist Church.

  • December 7, 2006

    The US Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) international policy committee has sent a message to the American government urging Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to increase efforts with the international community to establish peace, stability and political reform in Lebanon.

  • December 6, 2006

    England and Wales Catholic Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams have announced plans for an Advent visit to Bethlehem and East Jerusalem, reports Independent Catholic News.

  • December 6, 2006

    Church leaders in India, aware that Christian institutions are responsible for running many of the country's medical facilities, are deeply concerned that the world's second-most populous nation now has the most people with HIV and AIDS - writes Anto Akkara for Ecumenical News International.

  • December 6, 2006

    A range of church and development agencies, including the UK-based Christian Aid, are making emergency funds available to on-the-ground organisations dealing with the aftermath of last weeks typhoon in the Philippines.

  • December 6, 2006

    Pope Benedict XVI says he is looking to increased cooperation between Christians, and a stepped-up dialogue with Muslims, following his four-day visit to Turkey - writes Luigi Sandri for Ecumenical News International.

  • December 5, 2006

    The Vatican has issued a strong statement against the episcopal ordination of Fr John Wang Renlei on 30 November 2006, at Xuzhou in the province of Jiangsu, China.